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Fraud (347A/22)


  1. How many fraud crimes were recorded (or accepted from NFIB/ActionFraud) by your force between 01/01/21 and 31/12/21?
  2. Please provide the breakdown of Fraud investigations closed between 01/01/21 and 31/12/21 according to Home Office Outcome Codes (1 – 21).


Please find our response below.

  1. 2,885 crimes recorded by our Economic Crime Unit
  2. Please see table below
Outcome Total
OC1A – Charged/Summons – alternate offence. Offender has been charged under the alternate offence rule. 55
Oc1b – postal charge 20
Oc1d – charge/summons with alternative offence 1
Oc1e – postal charge with alternative offence 1
Oc3 – caution – adult (inc conditional caution) 29
Oc3a – adult caution with alternative offence 1
Oc4 – take into consideration (TIC) 2
Oc8 – community resolution 7
Oc14 – evidential difficulties victim based-named suspect not identified: crime confirmed but the victim either declines or unable to support further police investigation to identify the offender 188
Oc15 – named suspect identified: victim supports police action but evidential difficulties prevent further action 1,091
Oc16 – named suspect identified: evidential difficulties prevent further action: victim does not support (or has withdrawn support from) police action 343
Oc18 – investigation complete: no suspect identified. Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible – case closed pending further investigative opportunities becoming available 810
Oc20 – other agency takes primacy 32
Oc21 – name suspect identified, investigation not in the public interest, police decision 2

NB Please note this table only includes cases where an outcome has been assigned. Additionally, these figures are for records closed in the requested time frame however the investigation may have started at any point before this period.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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